Peoria, Ill.,
16:02 PM

Tony Romo brings joy to kids at OSF Children's Hospital

Kids at OSF HealthCare Children's Hospital of Illinois in Peoria got a wonderful surprise this week as some of their favorite sports heroes paid a visit. 

Former NFL quarterback, CBS broadcaster and Eastern Illinois University graduate Tony Romo toured OSF Children's Hospital, spending time with some of the kids, sharing laughs, and learning about the services and care OSF Children's Hospital provides throughout central Illinois and beyond.

NBA Champion and Peoria's own Shaun Livingston joined Romo and UFC light heavyweight fighter Dustin Jacoby on the tour. Jacoby grew up in central Illinois and played football at Quincy University for four years. 

The smiles were evident as the kids got to speak with the guys about what they love to do including talking about football and video games.

The visit was made possible through the partnership with Metamora Fields golf course in hosting the OSF Children's Hospital of Illinois Pro-Am tournament June 28 - July 1. More than 100 golfers and celebrities are taking part in the All Pro Tour (APT) event. 

The APT is the largest developmental men's professional golf tour in the US. These events provide an avenue for professional golfers to hone their skills while preparing for a life on the PGA Tour.

Over the past 30 years, the APT has successfully graduated players to the PGA Tour. They include PGA Tour winners Andrew Landry, Brice Garnett, Cameron Beckman, Bubba Watson, and Ryan Palmer. Most recently the APT has seen Hayden Buckley, 2022 Masters Champion Scottie Scheffler, and runner-up Will Zalatoris find success at the highest level of golf. Over 35 players will walk the fairways of the PGA Tour in 2023 that began their career on the All Pro Tour.

B-roll: Tony Romo, Shaun Livingston and Dustin Jacoby visit OSF Children's Hospital 

OSF Children's Hospital B-Roll

B-roll: Metamora Fields APT

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